Managing Life's Stuff, Routines and Schedules

School Lets Out, the Stuff Comes Home

As the weather gets warmer and warmer and the end of school draws nearer and nearer, my kids’ backpacks start getting heavier and heavier. All the shiny school supplies that went in that first week with hope and good intentions, come back used and abused along with countless papers, art projects, and classroom decorations. By …

Cleaning

A Deeper Clean: You’re Missing These Spots in Your Bathroom

People love to tell me housekeeping horror stories since they usually both disgust and delight me. The worst of what I’ve heard all center on the bathroom. Some highlights: A shower shared by several college-age athletes that was so completely clogged the only water that drained out of it had to go through the overflow drain at …

Routines and Schedules, Tips and Time Savers

Two Tools to Smooth Out Your Week

Online calendars are lifesavers—we all moved over to them for good reason. My husband and I can both see the family calendar on our computers and phones. I can automatically add the next appointment while I’m at the orthodontist with my son. Pings from my work calendar keep me from getting immersed in something and …

Managing Life's Stuff, Tips and Time Savers

Four Things That Make Life Easier

Most of the time, the focus here will be on buying less and clearing out more, but there are a handful of things that I have found make life in my home easier, cleaner, and calmer. Turkish Towels: These thin little wonders have lightened my laundry load considerably and save space in linen closets and beach …

Managing Life's Stuff

Clearing Out: Kids Toys

For several years, I ran what was essentially a huge yard sale as a fundraiser for my children’s preschool. We sold clothes, toys, books, furniture, and equipment donated by the eighty or so families who attended the small school. Each year, parents would come by with two and three carloads of stuff from their homes, and …